AFL Round 22 Has Several Mismatches but Also IntriguingMatches

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The Richmond Tigers, winners of the premiership in 2017, seemingly have all the heavy lifting done as the Toyota 2018 AFL Premiership competition enters the final three weeks of home-and-away play.

They have the Gold Coast Suns at Metricon Stadium Saturday coming, followed by the Essendon Bombers and the Western Bulldogs.

It is exceedingly difficult to envision any scenario where they will not finish on top heading into finals.

The West Coast Eagles are four points behind the Tigers and they have a tough test facing them in Round 21 when they host the Port Adelaide Power. Port is tied on 48 premiership points with four other clubs, once of which is the Collingwood Magpies, the opponent for Round 22.

The future for Port seems to hold some doubt.

The Hawthorn Hawks vs the Geelong Cats at MCG looks to be a cracker. The line has Geelong as 6.5-point favourites and that sort of margin does not allow for any mistakes.

The big question for punters will be whether the Gold Coast Suns can lose to the Tigers by less than 65.5 points. If we were Damien Hardwick, we would be spelling everyone in sight, maybe even telling some of the fans in the stands to close their eyes. This fixture is the Suns equivalent of a Grand Final, as they have nothing to lose and everything to gain, so when they take the ground, they will be attempting to send the message that Australian Rules belongs in Queensland

The other game that truly intrigues us will be Sunday’s between the Melbourne Demons and the Sydney Swans. The Swans, quite simply have to win, or else hope that the Cats can be tamed by the Hawks.

The line on that one has the Swans as 21.5-point underdogs, but unlike some clubs from other states, the MCG does not offer the same intimidation factor.